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By Christopher D. Johnson

The paintings of German cultural theorist and paintings historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929) has had an enduring influence on how we predict approximately photographs. This publication is the 1st in English to target his final venture, the encyclopedic Atlas of pictures: Mnemosyne. all started in earnest in 1927, and left unfinished on the time of Warburg's demise in 1929, the Mnemosyne-Atlas consisted of sixty-three huge wood panels lined with black fabric. On those panels Warburg rigorously, intuitively prepared a few thousand black-and-white pictures of classical and Renaissance artwork gadgets, in addition to of astrological and astronomical pictures starting from historical Babylon to Weimar Germany. right here and there, he additionally integrated maps, manuscript pages, and modern photographs taken from newspapers. making an attempt via those constellations of pictures to make obvious the numerous polarities that fueled antiquity's afterlife, Warburg predicted the Mnemosyne-Atlas as an essential type of metaphoric thought.

While the nondiscursive, often digressive personality of the Mnemosyne-Atlas complicates any linear narrative of its issues and contents, Christopher D. Johnson lines a number of thematic sequences within the panels. by means of drawing on Warburg's released and unpublished writings and by means of getting to Warburg's cardinal concept that "pathos formulation" constitution the West's cultural reminiscence, Johnson maps a variety of tensions among observe and photo within the Mnemosyne-Atlas. as well as analyzing the paintings itself, he considers the literary, philosophical, and intellectual-historical implications of the Mnemosyne-Atlas. As Johnson demonstrates, the Mnemosyne-Atlas isn't easily the end result of Warburg’s lifelong examine of Renaissance tradition however the final expression of his now literal, now metaphoric look for syncretic recommendations to the pressing difficulties posed by means of the heritage of paintings and culture.

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